Canon has announced two new lenses offering useful zoom ranges to its EF-S line-up, the new EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS lens and the new 15-85mm f3.5-5.6 IS USM lens.
The 15-85mm is a high-quality standard zoom lens with a 35mm equivalent of 24-136mm, covering from wide angle to portrait ranges. It also features Image Stabilization and a USM autofocus motor for quiet and fast AF.
The 18-135mm is a high-quality superzoom lens with a 35mm equivalent of 29-216mm, covering a very wide range, making it a good choice for a do-it-all lens.
The two new lenses both offer IS with up to four stops of correction for camera shake, as well as ultralow dispersion lens elements and special coatings for improved image quality and reduced lens flare. They have circular apertures for a pleasing bokeh, the background blur at wide apertures.
Both lenses share a new look that goes along with the newly announced EOS 7D.
The EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS lens will be available in September 2009 for about $500, and the EF-S 15-85mm f3.5-5.6 IS USM will be available a bit later in October 2009 for about $800.